2It’s Very Inexpensive
3Most TVs Come With the Functionality Built-In
4It’s a Google-Centric Device
5Developers Aren’t Jumping at Chromecast
Google made a fuss recently that it has signed up Pandora for its Chromecast service. But what the company failed to point out was that its application marketplace for Chromecast is extremely small. Until the dongle gains broader appeal, it looks like Google won’t be attracting too many developers to the service.
6There’s No Storage, Folks
7There’s No Remote With It
Google’s Chromecast ties its users to smartphones or tablets. So, those who might have left their mobile device in another room won’t be able to control the dongle until they get their hands on their handsets. Why Google didn’t include a remote with the Chromecast is unknown. But it should have done so.
8There Are Other Cheap, More Capable Devices
Let’s not pretend that the Chromecast is the only cheap device that can deliver programming to a television. Roku boxes can be purchased for as little as $50, and sometimes even less online. The Apple TV costs just $99. Better yet, both the Roku and Apple TV deliver better all around experiences for entertainment seekers. There’s something to be said for going with a cheap set-top box.
9Yes, iPhones and iPads Work With It
Although Google favors the use of its products with Chromecast—and smartphones and tablets are required to make it work—the company has made abundantly clear that iPhones and iPads can be used to control Chromecast. That’s important for Google and for consumers who aren’t so heavily invested in Android.
10It Requires Power, Unfortunately
Google did a good job of sidestepping one very important thing to consider with the Chromecast: It requires power. The device comes with a USB port that can connect a television’s port and automatically draw power. The Chromecast also comes with an adapter to convert its USB port to a regular wall plug. So while Chromecast might save you room in your entertainment center, it might still take up room in your surge protector.
11A Sub-Standard AirPlay Competitor?
The big issue for Chromecast going forward will be overcoming the allure of Apple’s AirPlay. A huge number of products support Apple’s wireless streaming service, and as long as a person has an Apple TV, they can take apps from their Macs and iOS devices and stream those directly to their televisions without any other tinkering. Google needs to find a way around that mess.